Grief Diaries

Book Anthology Featuring True Stories About Grief And Loss Experiences



Grief Reiki® LLC is proud to be one of the co-authors on an exciting project called the Grief Diaries Anthology Series.  Grief Diaries is a series of anthology books exploring life’s challenges and wounds. Created by international bestselling author and bereaved mother Lynda Cheldelin Fell, the series began with eight titles covering different losses shared by over a hundred people spanning six countries. Following the successful launch of the first eight titles in December 2015, organizations and individuals around the world began asking Lynda to create titles to help raise awareness specific to their cause such as domestic violence, self harm, rape, and more. More than thirty titles are now in the works, each a collection of stories written by people around the world who walk the same journey.

By sharing stories, we go beyond just raising awareness. We shed insight into our challenges by allowing others to see beyond the edge of their own life into the tapestry of our world. And this is the first step into finding ways to improve upon existing support, by reading stories from the “experts” who walk the journey. Further, it also helps people feel not so alone in their own struggles. A collection of stories sharing the same journey becomes a portable support group for those in need. And when we’re brave, we make others brave. Brave is beautiful.

A portion of profits from every AlyBlue Media book is donated to a national organization serving those in need.


“CRITICALLY IMPORTANT . . . I want to say to Lynda that what you are doing is so critically important.” –DR. BERNICE A. KING, Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King

“STUNNING . . . Grief Diaries treats the reader to a rare combination of candor and fragility through the eyes of the bereaved. Delving into the deepest recesses of the heartbroken, the reader easily identifies with the diverse collection of stories and richly colored threads of profound love that create a stunning read full of comfort and hope.” -DR. GLORIA HORSLEY, Founder & President of Open to Hope Foundation.

“WONDERFUL . . .Loss of a Sibling is a wonderful computation of stories written by the best of experts, bereaved siblings’ themselves. Although this bond is one of life’s longest and most unique relationships, sibling loss is often minimized and unacknowledged. Thank you for building awareness about a topic so near and dear to my heart.”-DR. HEIDI HORSLEY, Adjunct Professor, School of Social Work, Columbia University, Grief Expert, Author, and Co-Founder of Open to Hope Organization

“DEEPLY INTIMATE . . . Loss of a Parent is a deeply intimate, authentic collection of narratives that speak to the powerful, often ambiguous, and wide spectrum of emotions that arise from the loss of one’s mother or father. I so appreciate the vulnerability and truth embedded in these stories, which honor and bear witness to the many forms of bereavement that arise in the aftermath of parental death.”-DR. ERICA GOLDBLATT HYATT, Chair of Psychology, Bryn Athyn College

“MOVING . . . We learn from stories throughout life. In Grief Diaries: Loss of a Parent the stories are not only moving but often provide a rich background for any mourner to find a gem of insight that can be used in coping with loss. Reread each story with pen in hand and you will find many that are just right for you.” -DR. LOUIS LAGRAND, Author of Healing Grief, Finding Peace

“INCREDIBLE . . . Thank you so much for doing this project. it’s absolutely incredible!” -JULIE MJELVE, Founder, Grieving Together

Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss By Suicide Wins Third Literary Award

FERNDALE, Wash. – Nov. 28, 2016 – PRLog — AlyBlue Media announced today that two books from the Grief Diaries series earned Finalist Awards, the equivalent of a silver medal, for the 2016 Best Books Awards released last week by i310 Media Group in Los Angeles.

The national contest yielded over 2,000 entries from mainstream and independent publishers which were then narrowed down to Winners and Finalists. Surviving Loss by Suicide, authored by Lynda Cheldelin Fell and Sharon Ehlers, earned the Finalist Award in the Anthology – NonFiction category. Loss by Impaired Driving, authored by Lynda Cheldelin Fell and Bill & Julie Downs, earned the Finalist Award in the Health – Death & Dying category.

“The 2016 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States. With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of the Best Book Awards, this year’s winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the upcoming holiday retail season,” Jeffrey Keen, president of i310 Media Group says of the awards.

Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape. Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Wiley, McGraw Hill, Rowman and Littlefield, Forge Books, National Geographic, American Cancer Society and hundreds of independent houses including AlyBlue Media contributed to this year’s outstanding competition.

Keen adds, “Our success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”

The two Finalist Awards brings the total count of literary awards to four for Grief Diaries since launching eleven months ago.

AlyBlue Media donates a portion of retail profits from every book to nonprofit organizations.

Suicide Book in Popular Grief Diaries Series Earns Second Literary Award

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SEATTLE – Oct. 4, 2016 – PRLog — AlyBlue Media announced today that “Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Suicide” has won a second national literary award. The anthology is one title in the popular Grief Diaries book series created by Lynda Cheldelin Fell, an award-winning author and founder of the National Grief & Hope Coalition.

Named a Finalist by Book Excellence Awards hosted by Literary Excellence Inc., the silver medal award comes with a prize package worth $1,500. Entries are judged on the design and quality of writing.

Authored by Cheldelin Fell along with certified grief recovery specialist and reiki master Sharon Ehlers, the book features stories from 12 women whose lives have been impacted by the suicide of a loved one. The stories are shared to help others struggling with the same loss find comfort and healing, as well as help society gain greater understanding and insight.

“Every year we lose more than 42,000 loved ones to suicide just in the United States alone. Because the stigma surrounding such a death leads to underreporting, that number sadly is a low estimate,” said Cheldelin Fell. “It’s my hope that sharing these stories will bring greater awareness and help families and individuals who lose a loved one to suicide feel less alone in the aftermath.” A portion of proceeds from the sale of Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Suicide is donated to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The Grief Diaries series features true stories about real life journeys shared by people around the world. Since publishing the first eight titles in December 2015, more than 450 writers from across the globe have contributed, resulting in 16 titles in print in just nine months. According to AlyBlue Media, 14 additional titles are due by December and an additional 20 are slated to be published in 2017.

The series tackles a wide spectrum of topics including loss, alcoholism, addiction, mental illnesses, infertility, rape, eating disorders, bullying, and more. The series has earned acclaim from some of the world’s most notable experts including Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King; Candace Lightner, founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving; and Carolyn Costin, founder of Monte Nido Treatment Centers. “The brave individuals who share their truth in this book do it for the benefit of all,” she said.

The Grief Diaries series is available in more than 40,000 retail outlets around the world. For more information about Grief Diaries, visit

Grief Diaries Named National Finalist in 10th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards


NEW YORK & SEATTLE – May 12, 2016 – PRLog — The 10th Annual NIEA book awards named Grief Diaries: Surviving Loss by Suicide by Lynda Cheldelin Fell and Sharon Ehlers as a Finalist in this year’s competition.

The national awards recognize outstanding authors and publishers who put their heart and soul into their work. Judged by literary experts, winners and finalists are determined based on writing and overall excellence of presentation.

“A high honor, books that are recognized as Finalists are in every way outstanding. We are proud to announce the winners and finalists whose books truly embody the excellence that this award was created to celebrate. We salute you all for your fine work,” said NIEA president Ellen Reid.

Surviving Loss by Suicide is part of a 5-star nonfiction anthology Grief Diaries series created by international bestselling author and bereaved mother Lynda Cheldelin Fell, who lost her daughter in a car accident in 2009.

Dedicated to sharing true stories by ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges, the first eight books in the series were published last December. Catching the attention of organizations and individuals, the series has exploded to nearly 300 writers around the world. Now focusing on a variety of life challenges and losses, over 30 new Grief Diaries titles are scheduled to be added to the series this year.

Each Grief Diaries title is sold individually, and available by booksellers around the world.